Hooper hopes Super Rugby form will stick

Waratahs and Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper says that the Australian players must transfer their Super Rugby form into national form and win back the Bledisloe Cup.

Hooper says that 2014 could be the Wallabies best chance in years to win back the Bledisloe Cup and all it could take is one win.

“The difference is last year every Australian team did better than the year before,” Hooper told the Canberra Times.

“It’s too early to talk about how this season will pan out but the players are there, the depth is there, it is just getting that mentality, that winning edge, back.”

“The All Blacks have that mentality that they can beat us every week. It’s about changing that.”

“It will take one win, then you can change the mentality around winning against these teams that previously we’ve lost to x number of times.”

There are still four months of rugby to be played before the Rugby Championship is played but there have been some early encouraging signs from the Waratahs, Brumbies and the Force.

Hooper’s Waratahs are on their way to Perth from Cape Town where they will face the Western Force who will be going for a fifth consecutive Super Rugby victory.

The Waratahs will arrive in Perth on the back of rare Super Rugby victory over the Stormers in Cape Town and Hooper said that it was satisfying that the Waratahs produced the goods in Cape Town.

“We got some ascendancy in the scrum and lineout which was really nice and, for our tight five, a reward that’s been a long time in the making,” he said.

“We’d been focusing on one part of the game and the other parts were slipping. Last week our defence was good but our attack went missing.

“This time it was not such a focus on one thing but a general broad thing. We had to put the pieces together … It was good for us to get in a more rounded game.”

Hooper was one of the stars for the Waratahs along with the likes of Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau, prop Benn Robinson and second row Kane Douglas but coach Michael Cheika says that his star flanker performs week in and week out.

“That’s just Michael Hooper and what he does,” Michael Cheika said after the match.

“He’s phenomenal, I’m a bit worried his batteries might run out eventually but at the moment he’s full of energy and enjoying his rugby.

“I heard his dad even had a win at half-time in the wheelbarrow race. It was a good weekend for the family as a whole I suppose.”

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